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Today's News

  • Family stranded on island in river

    FRIES – A family from Independence was rescued from an island last Friday after they became stranded when water levels were dropped for construction at Byllesby Dam.

    The family had been camping on the island since last Wednesday and the water levels were dropped overnight on Thursday.

  • Special election set for Grayson School Board vacancy

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A special election has been set for Nov. 8 to fill the unexpired term of T.T. Carico on the Grayson County School Board.

    Carico was injured in an ATV accident on July 3 and died of his injuries on July 6.

    The Grayson County School Board — through its counsel, Independence attorney Roger Brooks — petitioned the court July 22 for the special election.

  • N.C. man drowns in New River

    FRIES – A North Carolina man drowned in the New River near Fries on Saturday during a family floating trip.

    According to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call at 6:20 p.m. of a possible drowning on the New River on July 23. The incident occurred just above the low water bridge in Fries.

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  • Sign shines light on Fries history

    FRIES ― After the sun set and the rain cleared on the evening of July 2, a large crowd of Fries residents and supporters gathered together outside of the Fries Community Center (known also by Fries natives as the “Y” or the “Rec Center”), to celebrate the lighting of the newly-refurbished Fries Theatre sign.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 11

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man was indicted on two counts of rape last Friday by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    Jovanni Martinez Garcia, 28, was indicted on the two charges that involved a female less than 13 years old. One count allegedly occurred on or about April 4, and the other on or about April 7, 2016.

    The grand jury indicted a total of 11 people on 18 charges, in addition to several sealed indictments that will be opened later after warrants are served.

  • Tax revenue shortfall means no state money for raises

    Due to the state’s overestimation of this fiscal year’s budget, the school system’s dreams of expanding positions and giving raises out of state funds will be put on hold this time, according to Galax City Schools Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    Instead, the Galax School Board will have to rework its budget to pay for the raises with local funds.

  • Shelter closed due to disease outbreak

    The Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter will be closed until July 27 due to an outbreak of parvovirus, according to City Manager Keith Barker.

    Parvo is a very contagious, life-threatening illness that affects dogs and cats.

    There are strains that can affect humans, but these are different from those that pets can catch and carry.

  • Ordinance would ban animals from events in Hillsville

    HILLSVILLE — After some citizens had bad encounters with animals, Hillsville is considering an ordinance banning all animals at town events.

    The ordinance would still allow service animals.

    Council Member Greg Yonce brought up the issue at the July 11 meeting, saying he had been contacted by citizens who wanted a “no dogs” ordinance for the town’s monthly classic car cruise-ins.

    “That pit bull with a logging chain on it scared a lot of people,” Yonce said, referring to an animal that was at the July cruise-in.

  • Who will protect and serve police?

    Every law enforcement officer who buckles into a patrol car today does so with a heavy heart.

    Everyone who pins on a badge will do so with a mixed sense of frustration and exhaustion, anger and exasperation.

    These men and women have an incredibly difficult job. “Protect and serve” may be the mission, but the responsibilities we place on their shoulders are greater than many of us can imagine.